Following on from our Toddlers looking for wiggly worms in the back garden, we started talking about where bugs live and decided to make a Bug Hotel so that lots of different bugs can come and visit us in the forest garden. (Communication and language- Speaking: Uses language as powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts, 22-36 months.)
Lyndsey and Holly showed us lots of different pictures of Bug Hotels for inspiration and we set about deciding what our Bug Hotel might look like and what materials we would like to use. We found a crate in the shed and lined it with black bags. We found out that caterpillars like leaves because we remembered reading the story of The Hungry Caterpillar. So we filled one side up with leaves and bark from the gardens to attract some caterpillars. (Literacy- Reading: Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles. 22-36 months.)
We then used soil because the children said “That’s where Megan lives!” (Megan was the name of the wiggly worm we found in the ground when we searched for wiggly worms in the garden). (Understanding of the world – The world: Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects, 30-50 months.)
We are looking forward to seeing what different insects we may attract over the next few weeks. We will be taking out our magnifying glasses to have a look.
We worked together as a team and we are very proud of our finished product.